Laura Benanti, who won a Tony Award for the revival of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, recently stepped into the role of Eliza Doolittle in Broadway's My Fair Lady. She took time out of her compressed rehearsal schedule to chat with Playbill about the opportunities the role provides, and what it's like to fulfill a lifelong dream. Watch her talk about the part and the production in the video above!
Benanti joins a cast led by Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz (who will play the role through January 6, 2019, with Danny Burstein set to take over), Rosemary Harris (who replaced Diana Rigg beginning last month), Allan Corduner, Jordan Donica, Linda Mugleston, and Clarke Thorell. The production is directed by Tony winner Barlett Sher and choreographed by Tony winner Christopher Gattelli.
“Eliza Doolittle has been my dream role for as long as I can remember, so I couldn’t be more excited to join this brilliant company,” Benanti said in a statement. “Working with Bart and getting to be part of this show is a dream come true.”